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Saturday, February 24, 2024

Winnipeg defeats Calgary to maintain its undefeated record

Winnipeg overcomes Calgary to stay unbeaten.

Key Takeaways:

  • Zach Collaros’ two touchdown throws to Nic Demski, and Dalton Schoen apiece helped the Bombers defeat the Calgary Stampeders (4-2) 35-28.
  • A few plays later, running back Ka’Deem Carey scored from two yards away. The winning touchdown was Carey’s fourth running touchdown of the season.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers had won the previous week again (8-0).

At McMahon Stadium on Saturday, Nic Demski and Dalton Schoen each caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Zach Collaros to help the Bombers defeat the Calgary Stampeders (4-2) 35-28.

Without throwing an interception, Collaros threw for 270 yards and a total of four touchdowns.

Bo-Levi Mitchell of Calgary completed 20 throws for a total of 204 yards.

Running back, Ka’Deem Carey of the Stampeders ran for 92 yards on just 14 carries, scoring two touchdowns of his own.

With an outstanding nine-play drive, the Stampeders took nearly five minutes off the clock to start the game.

Rene Peredes kicked a three-point field goal from 25 yards to cap the home team’s opening drive.

After Winnipeg’s first attacking drive of the evening ended in a three-and-out, Paredes drilled another field goal through the uprights. Calgary took a 6-0 lead after the 38-yard field goal.

A ten-play drive that resulted in the Bombers taking the lead with less than a minute left in the first quarter marked the beginning of their offense team.

For the first significant score of the game, Nic Demski caught a four-yard pass from Collaros on the distant side of the end zone, just across the goal line.

After 15 minutes of play, the Bombers had a narrow 7-6 lead, thanks to Demski’s first score of the year.

The Stamps immediately retaliated with another field goal.

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Just 18 minutes into the game, Parades kicked a career-long 53-yard field goal through the uprights to complete a perfect 3-for-3.

After that, on a Blue Bomber drive, Demski scored once again. This time, by snatching an absolute bomb across the middle from Collaros and bursting into the end zone with a 16-yard touchdown catch. 14-9 guests.

Calgary was within two points when Parades and the Stamps retaliated with another three-pointer from 38 yards out.

With shorter than a minute remaining in the first half, Collaros led the Bombers into the red zone but could not score six points this time.

From a mere 12 yards out, Marc Liegghio scored his first field goal in the contest. As a result, Winnipeg led 17–12 at the break.

Compared to Mitchell’s 90 throwing yards in the first half, Collaros had 102.

In the second half, Mitchell came out firing and connected with Reggie Begelton at the 34-yard line of Winnipeg for a 23-yard catch.

Running back, Ka’Deem Carey scored from two yards away a few plays later. Carey’s fourth running touchdown of the year came on the winning score. After a failed two-point attempt, Calgary leads 18-17.

After regaining possession of the ball, Collaros and company got to work and moved into Calgary territory swiftly.

Dalton Schoen, a rookie receiver for Winnipeg, caught a pass from the team’s quarterback on a 26-yard corner route close to the back of the end zone to score his fifth CFL touchdown.

Schoen tied for the league’s most touchdown catches with his touchdown catch. Bombers 24-18.

Early in the subsequent drive, Mitchell connected with Begelton on a 26-yard pass to set up another Stampeder touchdown.

To join Nic Demski in that company, Carey took a handoff up the middle from six yards away for his 2nd score of the game.

Winnipeg defeats Calgary to remain unbeaten
Winnipeg defeats Calgary to remain unbeaten. Image from Eminetra Canada

After the third period, Calgary was ahead 25-24.

Beginning the last 15 minutes, Liegghio drilled a 60-yard punt across the goal line to score the game’s first single point and knot the score at 25.

As soon as the other end’s kicker reacted, Paredes scored a 33-yard field goal for his fifth successful night kick. 28 to 25 stampers

Collaros threw Schoen a 25-yard bomb to the back of the end zone with little over four minutes remaining. Throughout the match’s final seconds, the rookie pulled in his second touchdown to give his club a 32-28 lead.

Late in the fourth quarter, Liegghio blasted a 40-yard field goal to put the cherry on top of the victory.

With a 35-28 victory, the Bombers climbed to 8-0 overall.

Calgary’s season record now reads 2-4.

Next Thursday, Winnipeg plays its final game of a three-game road trip at Montreal.

Source: Global News

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